April 07, 2005


Jones, 52, also verbally abused the female inspector after being asked to pay for a seat upgrade on the Tuesday evening service from Paris to London, Eurostar spokesman Paul Charles said.

"We are not pressing charges but we will not tolerate any verbal or physical abuse from anyone against passengers or staff on Eurostar," Charles said.

No one was immediately available for comment Wednesday at the office of Jones' lawyer in New York.

The singer-actress was traveling with a first-class ticket but sat in the premium-class area, Charles said. When the ticket inspector asked her to pay for an upgrade, Jones said she had no money and refused to move, he said.

"She was arguing and verbally abusing the train manager. She then attacked the manager, grabbing her arm," he said. "A male catering assistant managed to separate the two women and tried to calm Ms. Jones down."

Jones would have paid around $564 for a first-class return ticket, Charles said. A one-way premium upgrade would have cost her an additional $132.

British Transport Police said they were called to the train when it made a scheduled stop at Ashford, south of London. A spokesman said Jones left the train there at the request of officers and added that no further action was being taken.

04/06/05 15:12 EDT